David Wagner can’t believe how Huddersfield lost to Newcastle United
David Wagner can’t quite believe that his side have lost to Newcastle United.
Huddersfield had 74% possession and a corner count that was 10-1 in their favour, yet lost the game and didn’t even score a goal.
Whilst the home side had a lot of the ball, David Wagner was a little economical with the truth when claiming ‘We kept them away from our goal, apart from this one counter-attack where we conceded the goal.’
The stats (see below) show the reality which is that both sides had five shots on target and indeed Newcastle’s were arguably by far the better chances when counter-attacking.
The truth is as well that Newcastle were once again hard done by thanks to poor match officials and/or the lack of VAR.
Shortly after Rondon scoring, Perez put away another excellent team move but was very clearly, wrongly flagged for offside.
You can laugh about things like that when you still end up winning, if it had cost Newcastle today it would have been very painful.
“I feel disappointed but it is so important for all of us, the dressing room and the supporters of Huddersfield Town, that they believe.
“We have lost against Newcastle.
“Played well but lost 1-0, we dominated possession yet we ended with a defeat which hurts us, something we didn’t want.
“We absolutely have to believe that we can turn this around.
“There have been 17 games played with not enough points, but we have a lot of games to still play, where we can show we can turn this around.
“If you don’t believe, then you shouldn’t even be in the competition.
“The most important thing is that we believe and that we get our heads clear for the next challenge and be ready for it.
“It’s frustrating because this was another decent performance the players have shown.
“We dominated possession and were brave on the ball, getting in their faces and pressing them high.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have the clear-cut chances compared with the last few games.
“But we kept them away from our goal, apart from this one counter-attack where we conceded the goal.
“After that, we were not able to turn it around, but everybody knows how difficult it is to break Newcastle down.
“The players really stuck together and left everything on the grass, we couldn’t get the result which we wanted though, which was disappointing.
“This (Lascelles tackle in the first half) was far away.
“I don’t think so (a red card).
“I don’t want to speak about the referee’s performance today.
“At the end it is a defeat to Newcastle at home and we will try to win the next game.
“It is now all on us to pick this momentum up again.
“The most important thing is that we are all together in believing we can turn this around.
“Newcastle are a very good side, difficult to break down, very well drilled.
“Obviously it was harsh and disappointing after the performance that the players showed.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Rondon 55
Possession was Huddersfield 76% Newcastle 24%
Total shots were Huddersfield 15 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Huddersfield 5 Newcastle 5
Corners were Huddersfield 10 Newcastle 1
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Kenedy (Dummett 89), Ki (Hayden 72), Diame, Atsu, Rondon (Ritchie 81), Perez
Woodman, Joselu, Muto, Murphy
Crowd: 24,036 (Newcastle 2,400)
(To read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the win go HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win HERE)
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